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IT engineer heads to Sahara for charity trek
7:30am Monday 14th October 2013 in Local
A BROMSGROVE-based IT engineer is taking on a very different challenge in the shape of a trek across the Sahara desert, to raise money for Marie Curie’s Midlands hospice.
Philip Base is used to fiddling with the ins and outs of computers, but he’s currently negotiating blisteringly hot sand dunes, with the aim of raising at least £3,000 for the charity.
He said: “First, I think the Marie Curie hospice is a fantastic organisation that provides first class palliative care to individuals who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. As the hospice depends on voluntary sources of income, I want to do my bit to help it thrive and be able to continue to do its wonderful work.
“Secondly, preparing for this adventure has forced me out of my complacently unhealthy lifestyle. After years of munching too many crisps in front of the TV, I’ve now had to eat more healthily, lose a lot of weight and tone up my muscles to stand any chance of making it to the end of the trek. So I’d like to thank Marie Curie for setting me a goal that will benefit me and improve my own health.”
The trek started on Sunday, October 13, and will run for five days and nights, around the Atlas mountains, and across desert terrain, culminating in an arrival at the ancient city of Marrakech in Morocco.
Mr Base is keeping in touch with loved ones and sponsors through a video blog, which he’s hoping to add to every day at youtube.com/pbxuk.
He added: “It can sometimes get hot and sweaty when you’re installing or repairing computers. But that pales into insignificance compared with walking in the blazing sun for hours on end. So I’ll be broadcasting a daily account of what it’s really like and how well, or badly, I’m doing.”
“Whatever trials and tribulations we encounter, however, I’m absolutely resolved to make as much money as I can for the hospice. That’s really all that matters at this moment. By comparison, getting back to the intricacies of computer networking in a few weeks’ time will be an absolute doddle.”
To sponsor Mr Base, visit justgiving.com/philipbase.
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